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In the Matter of Dorothea Baptiste

In the Matter of Dorothea Baptiste

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Complaint against Alabama judge
Complaint against Alabama judge

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In
the
Matter of:DOROTHEA BATISTE,Jefferson
County
Circuit
Jud_ge
COMPLAINTThe Judicial Inquiry
Commiss~,on
of
the
State
of
Alabama files this Complaint
a_gainst
Judge Dorothea Batiste,
'Circ~f
Judge for
Jefferson County, Alabama.
The
""
'Commission ·alleges and char.ges
follows;
Nature
ofihe
Charges
]_
Dorothea Batiste
is
a ·Circuit
Jud_ge
for
Jefferson County., Alabama. She
was
elected
in
2010 and
took
office
in
January., 2011.
Judge
Batiste
is
one
of
three
judges
.~.~
assigned
to
the
Domestic Relations Division
of
he
Jefferson Counzy Circuit Court.2. This Complaint
is
based upon
Judge
Batiste"'s violation
of
Alabama Canons
of
Judicial Ethics through
her
repeated failure
in
2011 and 2012
to
comply with
both
Alabama .and federal
law
regarding
her
exercise
of
contempt power, and
more
specifically, her failure
to
comply
"With
Rule
70A, Alabama Rules
of
Civil Procedure,Alabama case law, and the Due Process Clauses
of
the Alabama Constitution and
the
Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,
in
a .series
of
domestic relations cases
1
in
Jefferson County Circuit Court ("the subject cases")
in
which Judge Batiste enteredunauthorized, unwarranted, and unlawful orders for
the
arrest and jailing
or
incarcerationoflitigants
or
witnesses.
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v.
Nolanda H Bearden,
DR-2009-1269;
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v.
CurtisAustin,
DR-2004-421.01;
Allan ]sam
v.
Cynthia Isom,
DR-2010-803;
Materia
J.
Gipson v.Michael A. Gipson,
DR-2010-1395; and
Richard Ingram Kyle
v.
Barbara Dill Kyle,
DR-2009-1260.
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